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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL UK price announced

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Last week we wrote about the SIM free Nokia Lumia 640 coming to our virtual shelves, and now we’re back to report that the XL model will also be available at Mobile Fun! The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is available for pre-order now, with the UK price of £180. The phone looks like a strong mid-range contender, so let’s take a closer look at what we’re offering here.

Design

You’d expect the Nokia Lumia 640 XL to look like a larger version of the Lumia 640, and by and in large that’s exactly what you get. The phablet has a generous 5.7-inch IPS display, running at a reasonable 1280 x 720 resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 3. There’s also a five-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera here, letting you have great-looking selfies and crystal clear video calls. On the other side of the phone, you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash.

Hardware

Internally, the Lumia 640 XL is more than capable of making your Windows experience fast and fluid. You’ll get a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This storage can also be extended via micro SD – it’ll even work with Sandisk’s recent 200GB card!

All of this is powered by a sizeable 3000mAh battery, which should provide up to 936 hours of 3G standby or nearly a full day (23 hours, 40 minutes) of 3G talk time.

Software

The Lumia 640 XL will come with Windows Phone 8.1, specifically the Lumia Denim update. This means you’ll get full access to the latest features, including the word flow keyboard, the redesigned Camera app and Nokia’s HERE maps for navigation and turn-by-turn directions.

The phone will also be upgraded to Windows 10 once the mobile OS is released later this year. That update will include a nice range of upgrades, including a redesigned settings menu and compatibility with a much wider range of apps than Windows Phone 8.1.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know whether or not you’ll be picking up a sim-free Nokia Lumia 640 XL in the weeks ahead! You can also check our store to find a nice range of Lumia 640 XL accessories.

You can also ask questions or offer other feedback. That’s via the comments below, or you can get in touch on Twitter @mobilefun!

Microsoft Lumia 640 UK price announced

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Microsoft Lumia 640 was announced earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress, and now we’re happy to announce a price for the phone. The UK price for the Lumia 640 will be just £150, making this phone a strong budget option thanks to its inclusion of Microsoft Office 365.

Click the link below to see the product page, or read on for more information.

The Lumia 640 is the successor to the Lumia 630, with a 5-inch 720p AMOLED display covered in Gorilla Glass 3. Internally, we’re looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That’s competitive for a budget smartphone, and should mean that the Lumia 640 should remain snappy and responsive.

SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 640 - Black    SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 640 - Black

When it comes to cameras, we have an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, matching the megapixel count (if not the overall quality) of Apple’s flagship phones. That’s an impressive inclusion given that only flagship phones would have had this camera only a few years ago. There’s also a 1-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera for selfies and Skype video calls. The phone will also come with Microsoft’s latest Lumia camera software, so you’ll get a similar shooting experience to the best recent Lumia handsets in Microsoft’s range.

The Lumia 640 is expected to be released in April, and is available for pre-order now. Colour options include black, white, cyan and orange, although the black model is the only one we’ve added to our store at the present time.

This looks like a strong budget Windows Phone handset – are you interested? Let us know in the comments below, and check the link below to place your pre-order or see more information on the phone and its accessories.

Top 5 apps for Windows Phone users

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Since the arrival of Windows Phone 7, the WP Store has been slowly building a collection of quality apps for its mobile devices. While its biggest competitors IOS and Android have always appeared to have a much larger app store, Windows Store offers a variety of unique and interesting apps of their own.

1. Collector

For users that follow numerous sites and social networks, Collector combines multiple news feeds into a stylish and easy to navigate design. Whether it’s a friend’s Facebook page, a website or RSS feed, this handy app seamlessly displays updates in one place, reducing the need to constantly switch apps and websites. Collector gives users many options for customisation, such as multiple themes, feed layout settings, and data usage limitations.

          

2. Phototastic

Fans of photos sharing sites will be pleasantly surprised at the speed and ease of creating their first collage with Phototastic. The app offers a huge variety of frames and tools for cropping and re-sizing photos into an endless number of creative styles. As well as a drag-and-drop approach to collage design, Phototastic offers a range of photo editing options, such as colour correction, image filtering, vignette, lens flare, and tons of useful effects for photographers.

          

3. Games (Xbox)

As the name suggests, the Games app links users ‘Xbox Gamertag’ and phone to provide easy access to their friends, messages, achievements and games without being near an Xbox system. Touch screen typing messages offers an easy alternative to the painfully slow Xbox controller input that gamers are usually used to. In addition to linking both accounts together, Games also organises all mobile phone games into one place, reducing the clutter on the user’s device.

          

4. Endomondo

With the ability to track jogging routes, dietary intake and work out routines, Endomondo is the ideal fitness companion app for Windows Phone users. Its lightweight tile design allows easy navigation to various features such as custom timers, geotracking and an organised calorie planner. The app also includes a social news feed that displays friend exercise updates, recommended routes, and professional fitness advice. Endomondo provides a pleasant and simple summary of user’s exercise records and goals, while introducing a large amount of useful features into a single app.

          

5. Cortana

Although Siri and Google Now arrived were introduced to mobile users much earlier, Microsoft’s Cortana is a personal assistant that provides something different, personality. While some voice activated programs can feel slightly robotic and inconsistent, Cortana uses full ‘well-spoken’ sentences that feel comforting and helpful. With integrated Bing search, and the technology to track users interests and habits, Cortana ensures that your phone is personalised for no one but you.

          

Conclusion

Windows devices are beginning to show users why their place in the market matters, and with a bigger user base more developers are creating applications for its marketplace. While WP users are unable to boast on the quantity of apps on their device, they certainly have access to an excellent variety of apps that makes their device stand out from the crowd.

 

Lumia 435: a fantastic budget phone from Microsoft

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Lumia 435 is the latest low-cost Windows phone, available sim-free and unlocked at a crazy price: £85. You get a lot for your money, too: a 4-inch display, a dual-core processor and Windows Phone 8.1.

Classic Lumia design in black, green and orange

The Lumia 435 is immediately recognisable as a Lumia phone, with a sleek polycarbonate design rendered in black, green or orange. The front of the phone is dominated by the four inch LCD display, with a front-facing VGA camera tucked into the top-right. The Lumia 435 is less than 12mm thick and weighs just 134 grams.

SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 435 - Orange

Strong internals for a budget phone

Inside, the Lumia 435 is surprisingly strong for a low-cost phone. There’s a dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. A 1560mAh battery provides up to 21 hours of 2G talk time, or up to 64 hours of music playback. On the back, you’ll find a 2-megapixel camera capable of recording 480p video. Also included is GPS and an FM radio.

The beauty of Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 435 runs Windows Phone 8.1, the latest edition of Windows for phones. From the fun tiled home screen to well-designed apps for texting, surfing the web and HERE maps from Nokia, you’ll be well covered. You can also download more apps in the Windows Phone app store, which now includes big names like Instagram, WhatsApp and Dropbox. Later this year, the Lumia 435 should be updated to the forthcoming Windows 10 for phones with a whole raft of new features.

Available for pre-order now

The Lumia 435 looks like the ideal entry-level smartphone, thanks to a sound design, strong hardware within and easy-to-use Windows Phone 8.1 on board.

All three Lumia 435 models are available for pre-order now. The phone is expected to be released for the UK market in March. To see more information, place a pre-order or be notified of stock availability, visit the links below:

You can also check out our range of accessories:

Thanks for checking out the article. Be sure to let us know what you think on the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

Microsoft impresses with glowing new Qi wireless charger

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Nokia (and by extension Microsoft) have been one of the biggest proponents of Qi wireless charging technology, with the phone makers including Qi in most of their flagship phones. They’ve also supported the wireless charging standard with a number of charging pads and other accessories. Their latest effort is the Nokia DT-903, a rather boring name for what’s actually a pretty sweet charger.

The DT-903′s big party trick is its LED lighting. Thanks to a string of LEDs embedded in the charger’s frame and cable, you’ll get a ring of light surrounding your phone and illuminating your surroundings. This lighting is quite strong initially, but you can adjust it to one of three levels using a Windows Phone app. You can even extinguish the light completely if it’s distracting, and there’s a Night Mode that automatically does so when you’re trying to get some shut-eye.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - GreenNokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - White

Otherwise, the DT-903 works as a standard Qi charging pad. It receives power over USB (either from a computer or a wall adapter) and provides a little over 1A of charging power for rapid battery replenishment.

It works with all devices that support Qi charging, but the app that controls its lighting is only available for Windows Phone.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - Orange

The DT-903 is available in three colours: green, orange and white. We’re expecting stock in mid February; to see live availability data or place your pre-order please visit the product pages below:

The Verge were impressed with the DT-903, but what do you think of Nokia’s new charger? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

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